Friday, July 17, 2015

Monday Reviews (on a Friday!) - Sinners and Saints by Chelsea Ballinger

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews (on a Friday!). This week, I am reviewing Sinners and Saints by Chelsea Ballinger. I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.


I wasn't really a fan of this book. And I feel bad saying that. I look at the other reviews on Goodreads and wonder if we even read the same book. I don't know, maybe the story just wasn't for me.

This book was definitely different. I've never seen such a poisonous and twisted person. Scarlett is the epitome of a sociopath. She has no real feelings, just an immense hate for everyone who crosses her. I found her character the most interesting, even if I did think she was a thorn in this book's side. I still don't know what happened to make her so cruel.

For the most part I tolerated this book. I felt like there wasn't much plot to move it forward in probably the first 3/4 of the book. It was all character driven and after that first prologue-intro chapter, I kept feeling like I was just waiting for the other shoe to drop. The last little bit build things up for a sequel, which was good, and things got interesting, but there was just so little plot development in the beginning, I was beginning to lose interest from the halfway mark on. I don't know, maybe I prefer a more plot driven book, as opposed to character driven, when you are just waiting for the main event of the story. For this book, I felt like it was just a little bit too late coming.

It was interesting to see alternating perspectives, usually it was just Juliet and Hugo but there was also Poppy, Jordana, Cody, Patrick, and Scarlett POV's as well, which added a little extra to the story. There was usually one chapter about the person everyone else was talking about and then they would go back to Juliet or Hugo. I felt like the first person perspective helped me get into the story, but I found that between Hugo and Juliet's chapters, I had to go back and see who was talking, once Hugo's characters softened, and Juliet's hardened, I felt like their voices sounded very similar.

Overall, good but nothing spectacular. I don't have plans to read the next book, I know the ending was a bit of a cliffhanger, but not a good enough one to make me want to read another character driven novel.